Law & Order: Organized Crime actress Tamara Taylor weighs in on the possibility of reuniting with her fellow Bones cast members.
“I would love to work with that cast again,” Taylor told PopCulture.com. “I miss them. We sort of became family after 12 years. Feels like we grew up together. So the short answer is yes, I’d be down to work with them again.”
Prior to starring on Law & Order, Taylor played the role of Dr. Camille Saroyan on Bones. Alongside Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, the actress spent eleven seasons on the show. Her character was very different from her role of Angela Wheatley on Law & Order. In fact, Dr. Saroyan was a forensic pathologist who became the head of the Forensic Division at the Jeffersonian Institute.
While she enjoyed her time as Dr. Saroyan, Taylor also enjoyed doing something different with Angela Wheatley.
Law & Order Role Compelled Taylor
“It’s not the first time I’ve played [a villain], but the first time I’ve actually played one that’s so interesting,” Taylor explained. “And, as we well know, because people are more than one thing, Angela’s maybe not entirely the villain, but maybe she is. We don’t know.”
After the latest episode of Law & Order: Organized Crime, Wheatley appears to be allied with her ex-husband. This came as a shock to fans as she had testified against him in his trial for the murder of protagonist Elliot Stabler’s wife. As for what this means for Wheatley, Taylor offered a sympathetic glimpse into why she might change sides—if she even did.
“The funny thing is, what I sort of unpacked about Angela — and what the writers have been talking about, and [showrunner] Ilene [Chaiken], who I just love — is that… after the trial, after the verdict, what happens generally to people that have been protected is that they’re just left high and dry,” Taylor explained. “So, Angela’s left with nothing, no protection against the man that tried to kill her twice. So, what does one do? Appear to be a non-threat, perhaps appear to ally with him? Whatever you need to do to stay alive, and to keep your kid alive… There’s definitely a razor’s edge, man. She’s walking it.”
Additionally, Taylor wants the audience to understand where Wheatley coming from. As a mother, a former wife, and a victim, she has to look out for herself and her children. No one else will be. As a result, Taylor believed that Wheatley “weighed and measured who’s scarier,” her ex-husband or the police.
“So, it’s funky, because on the stand, knowing what we know at the end of the Organized Crime episode, you’re like, ‘Why? Why was she like this on the stand?’” Taylor said. “She could’ve put Richard away, and it wouldn’t have been a problem. Like, come on! But I think she is sufficiently afraid of him.”
Whether or not Wheatley will live to regret that decision will be answered when Law & Order: Organized Crime returns on Jan. 6 on NBC.